18TH PERSONNEL SERVICES BATTALION
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of two concentric horizontal wavy blue bars beneath a black and white checkered background and issuant from base a gray torch with red flame surmounted by a red chevron; all beneath a black scroll, the ends terminating at the top corners of the wavy bars and divided in three folds inscribed "SERVICE TO THE SOLDIER" in gold letters.

Symbolism
Blue and scarlet are the colors used for the Adjutant General's Corps. The Battalion's service in Italy during World War II is symbolized by the two wavy bands representing the Arno and Tiber Rivers, and the chevron is indicative of the mountainous terrain of northern Italy. The color scarlet alludes to the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded the organization during World War II. The chevron is also a symbol for support, and together with the torch for guidance and the checky background for administrative processing of personnel, represents the basic mission of the organization.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was originally authorized for the 18th Personnel and Administration Battalion on 2 April 1976. It was redesignated for the 18th Personnel Services Battalion with the description revised effective 16 October 1994.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per fess wavy abased; checky Sable and Argent and Azure, a torch Argent (gray) flamant Gules debruised by a chevron issuant from base of the last.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Sable, two palm fronds saltirewise Proper, superimposed by a quill Gules and a scimitar hilt to base saltirewise Or.

Motto

SERVICE TO THE SOLDIER.

Symbolism

Shield

Blue and scarlet are the colors used for the Adjutant General's Corps. The Battalion's service in Italy during World War II is symbolized by the two wavy bands representing the Arno and Tiber Rivers, and the chevron is indicative of the mountainous terrain of northern Italy. The color scarlet alludes to the Meritorious Unit Commendation awarded the organization during World War II. The chevron is also a symbol for support, and together with the torch for guidance and the checky background for administrative processing of personnel, represents the basic mission of the organization.

Crest

The quill represents administrative excellence in fulfilling the Battalion's mission. Distinguished service in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War is denoted by the scimitar. The two palm fronds recall honorable service during World War II in Italy. Scarlet stands for courage, gold for excellence.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 6 June 1994. It was amended to include a crest on 2 June 1995.





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